We are in Roma! The flight was quite uneventful. As Harriet said about Swiss Air... they are on time and they give you chocolate, what esle do you need? Well, a little more leg room would have been nice... it's hell flying coach. I have to give a disclaimer here upfront... my typing skills on these keyboards is limited, so pardon the typos. Ok, so we arrive in Roma and are picked up by Roma Shuttle. A very nice and attractive man in a suit was waiting for us with a sign that said "Mr. Brawn," well, we knew what he meant. After a pleasant ride into the city in a private Mercedes car, we arrived at the apartment. The guy from Real Rome wasn't at the apartment when we got there, so we tried to use my phone to call him... didn't work, but just at the point where we were started to get pretty peeved about the whole phone situation, he showed up. Perfect timing. He (Tim, like the phone card) was extremely helpful. The apartment is pretty basic, but fine for our needs.
So, for our first night, even though we were dead tired, we decided to go out to a restaurant that Tim suggested. Da Francesco on Vicolo de Fico. It was fantastic. We has some bruschetta, I had a delicious fungi tortellini and Steve had pasta al arrabiata (of course) and then we split the eggplant parmesan. With wine and water, it was the perfect introductory meal in Roma. We walked back to the apartment and then just crashed out.
We slept in a little this morning and then headed out to just wander the sights... Campo de Fiori, Piazza Navona (pictured above), Pantheon and we managed to get in a little shopping. We also registered my sim chip (apparently the reason the phone didn't work was that the chip needed to be registered). It was easy and quick at the Tim store on Corso Vittorio. Now we are settled into Roma. The refrigerator at the apartment is stocked and we ready to have fun. Ciao for now.